So you know you want a photographer to take photos of your family or your wedding, you’ve trawled through Facebook and Google trying to find someone you like and want to work with. You’ve paid your deposit, had a conversation with them and you’re looking forward to seeing the results. And then what? That one burning question remains:
What are you going to do with your photographs?
As a photographer I take a serious interest in what happens with the photos I take. It’s not just because I invest my time in making them, but because I want you to love your final product. It’s great to see photos I’ve taken getting shared around on Facebook and seeing the joy they bring to friends and relatives, but I’d hate to think that so many of the photos people have invested in sit on hard drives, forgotten and unloved. This does not mean that as a wedding photographer I believe you must fill your home with tonnes of photos from this one day in your lives – I’m not that much of a megalomaniac. But maybe give them a home in an album, or choose your favourites to dot around your home.
It’s my experience that lots of people just want the digital photos when they’re booking a session. Maybe it’s because it looks like the cheaper option, or maybe because they’d like to see the photos before they choose what they buy. So I’m taking the opportunity here to explain a little bit about how that works from a photographer’s POV.
It’s about value.
It’s taken me a long time to value what I create. I find the process so enjoyable that I at first I got swept away in wanting to give clients everything for as little in return as possible. In my enthusiasm I failed to realise that I wasn’t actually telling clients about all the different ways they can display their work, and that sometimes I was leaving people to pay over the odds to get poor prints from high street or online printers. I still offer this service – anyone who chooses digital images from me is free to print them ad infinitum. But they also get 10×8 inch prints of all those images included, from bona fide print labs.
So now you have prints, what are you going to do with them?
Get those prints on the wall! Put them in an album! Do something with them! Choose your favourite and see what is possible.
The graphic above illustrates that smaller prints look lost on a wall whereas something big fits the space without dominating. This is when your photos become wall art, when they take pride of place and are properly designed into your room. We can even work together to get a photo that fits the aesthetic of the room so it’s truly part of your home. Earlier in the year I took a photo of a tree that I just love, and decided to get it printed large on canvas above my bed. In fact, this is such a big space that I want a twin for it!
If you want to frame your 10x8s then go for it. Bear in mind that this is a perfect size for a shelf, or creating a series of similar images as I’ve done in my kitchen.
From these three images I created a bit of space on the wall that I love to look at.
My previous post talked about the photos I unexpectedly found on my hard drive when trying to do a different task. At the time I immediately thought “why haven’t I seen these for so long? Why are they filed badly, in folders within folders, and how did I miss them when I was doing the latest print order?” They will find their way onto my walls or into an album, because I never want to misplace them again.
Would you choose to display photos of your family in your home like this? Now you have a few ideas of what you can do with your photographs, it’s only your imagination that can hold you back.